When people think of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), they envision activities like camping, knot-tying, and canoeing, but soon, they’ll need to add robot-building to that list. Scouts in 2011, through the introduction of the Robotics merit badge, now have the opportunity to design, build, and demonstrate a robot of their own creation.

The Robotics merit badge is part of the BSA’s new curriculum emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. The BSA focus on STEM takes a fun, adventurous approach to helping Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant and needed in today’s competitive world. The new merit badge is one of 31 STEM-related merit badges that Scouts can earn.

Text from NASA Science news. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/news-and-features/nasa-and-bsa-introduce-robotics-merit-badge/

The requirements have not been released yet but I’d be interested to see if they integrate Lego Mindstorms or the Arduino platform. BSA has come a long way since the days I earned the basketry merit badge.